Wolverines delay opening wrestling matches under new head coach

Polk County's Dillon Knighton came within one match of qualifying for the state 2A individual wrestling tournament in the 2016-17 season.

Polk County’s wrestling season will begin a week later than originally planned as the Wolverines have postponed their opening two events.

With much of the team still involved in the football playoffs, Polk County has postponed its Nov. 21 home opener against North Henderson. The Wolverines will also not be attending the North Henderson Invitational on Nov. 25.

Polk County will now open its season on Nov. 28 at Rosman. The Wolverines will be under the direction of new head coach Ken Tackett, with former longtime head coach Jamie Thompson also returning to the program to assist.

Polk County athletic director Rex Wells, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, has been working with those wrestlers already at practice while football season continues.

The complete Polk County schedule:

Nov. 28: at Rosman
Dec. 1-2: at Falcon Frenzy at West Henderson
Dec. 5: at Smoky Mountain (with Swain and Mountain Heritage)
Dec. 9: at East Henderson Tournament
Dec. 12: Smoky Mountain
Dec. 16: at Quartz Corporation Duals at Mitchell
Jan. 4: at Avery
Jan. 6: at Chase Tournament
Jan. 9: at Mountain Heritage (with Mitchell)
Jan. 11: at Landrum
Jan. 19: at Madison
Jan. 24: Owen